Review: Tumblr

20 Aug

Tumblr. At first glance, it looks like a reputable service. The weekend maniacal deletion of several hundred newly created blogs proves otherwise.

With a sleek design and very streamlined interface, it’s quite appealing. But the business practices of Tumblr’s lead developer, Marco Arment leave a bad taste in my mouth and at this point, I will not recommend them nor use them.

To think my blog could be suspended at whim with no explanation – apparently AGAINST their own Terms of Service – is not a thought I care to explore.

Without a doubt, this practice is utterly wrong, rude, and hypocritical.

In fact, their TOS clearly state that if there is a problem with your blog, they will advise you via email and give you 72 hours to correct the issues.

Apparently those are just empty words. Empty words that are a front for a horrid business practice, one that clearly shows they will do whatever strikes them at the moment regardless as to what is right or moral.

The bottom line – stay away from Tumblr. They’ve obviously shown they cannot be trusted.

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3 Responses to “Review: Tumblr”

  1. Jamie August 21, 2007 at 7:05 am #

    to tell you the truth I think what tumblr did was completely justified. They were inundated with thousands of sites with no intention of using the blogging service, sites that were just there to host affiliate sales links.

    And as for against their terms of service :

    “Tumblr may, in its sole discretion, at any time and for any reason, terminate the Service, terminate this Agreement, or suspend or terminate your account.”

    If you were looking to set up a blog, tumblr is a great first step, for affiliate marketing another platform is needed.

  2. Annie August 21, 2007 at 7:24 am #

    Thanks for your comment, Jamie.

    Although you’ve raised a good point – and I do agree, actually – the major issue I have is how they handled it. Their TOS also states they will contact you with the problem and give you a chance to correct it.

    It was bad business in any case.

    ~Annie

  3. chvnx June 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm #

    Tumblr rules. I just made a new Tumblr theme and its available for download @ SkyLite.Tumblr.com.

    Come check it out and feel free to follow my tumble log @ chvnx.com

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